Social Flight Expands; Adds Regional Ambassadors
Just a year after launching, Social Flight, the aviation online resource that connects those interested in aviation with events and activities in the industry, is expanding its reach with regional ambassadors. Social Flight’s Jeff Simon told AVweb at AirVenture that the service was several years in the making, but just a year after its public launch, it reaches 20,000 pilots and has listed more than 4,000 events worldwide. “Social Flight basically takes all those events and makes them available to people in a way that’s proactive … and what we like to call reactive where we reach out to our members on a Wednesday and tell them everything that’s happening in the next seven days and give them reason to get up and get off the couch and get going,” Simon said.
Social Flight’s interactive dynamic is not unlike Facebook, but Simon says Social Flight—and aviation promotion—are grassroots efforts that require more outreach to be successful. So at AirVenture, Simon announced what Social Flight calls its Ambassador program. “We need to get out there and expand our footprint and tell more people about it. One way to do that is take this very active community and ask for volunteers. We’re looking for people to get out there and speak at events that are both aviation and non-aviation,” Simon told AVweb in this podcast from AirVenture this week. In just a few weeks, Simon said, Social Flight has enrolled more than 30 ambassadors covering at least 25 states and the program continues to expand. Simon said the ambassadors serve two roles; one is promotional, but the other is product outreach. “They help us steer where we take our product,” he said.
In addition to aviation, Simon said Social Flight is taking its community interaction idea into other interest areas, including motorcycling and cars. Simon said pilots tend to have multiple interests and he sees ways to connect them across those disciplines.
The Social Flight app is available for both IOS and Android platforms and online at SocialFlight.com.